English Villages of Rhodes

Paradisi Village, Rhodes

Paradisi  Village, Rhodes

Paradisi (Greek: Παραδείσι) is a village on the northern coast of the island of Rhodes, Greece. It has a population of 2,667 inhabitants (2011 census)[1] and is the second-largest town (after Kremasti) in the municipal unit of Petaloudes.

The island's main airport (Diagoras International Airport, IATA code: RHO) is located here.

During the period of the Saint John Knights occupation of the island, the magister Villeneuve made a castle in order to protect the northeastern part of the island from pirate raids. People started building around the castle. Later, Arab inhabitants brought exotic flowers and planted them along the village mountain making it look as paradise, hence the name Paradisi. After the Italian occupation, they renamed the village to Villanova only to be changed again to Paradisi after it was reclaimed by Greece.

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